Ms. Kim Cornwell is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. With more than a decade of experience in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level, her teaching focuses on professional development, leadership, women’s health and obstetrics, and advanced health assessment. As an experienced clinical faculty member, she serves a speaker for the Clinical Faculty Academy and Preceptor Academy through the Missouri Hospital Association, as well as chair of the Clinical Experiential Learning Committee at KUSON. For over twenty years, she has been certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner with a focus on women’s health and reproductive medicine. Since January 2023, she has been a nursing education consultant, for which her experience in both liberal arts education and a tier 1 research institution has been very beneficial. Her current research activities include professional identity formation in undergraduate nursing students, improving mental health outcomes in nursing students through intentional coping behaviors training, interprofessional collaboration in practice, and bridging the academic-practice gap through competency-based education.
Dr. Amy Garcia serves as Associate Clinical Faculty at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, and Director of the Kansas Nursing Workforce Center. Her research interests include the economic value of nursing and variability in patient acuity. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Previously, Dr. Garcia served as:
- Director and Chief Nursing Officer for Cerner Corporation.
- Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Programs Officer for the American Nurses Association. Dr. Garcia served as a key member of the executive team, and responsible for all public facing programs, including policy, advocacy, ethics, work environment and quality care, including the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators. She worked closely with specialty nursing organizations and advancing issues across associations, government and non-governmental organizations. Dr. Garcia was the technical writer for the ANA’s “Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards Across the Care Continuum.”
- Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of School Nurses. Her work at NASN included policy, advocacy, programs and research support for children’s health and the profession of school nursing.
Dr. Garcia also has experience with benefit programs, serving as the President of the USD 259 (Wichita Public Schools) health and benefit programs. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Nursing from Wichita State University and Doctorate in Nursing Practice from American Sentinel University. She is an Honorary Alumni of the University of Kansas School of Nursing.
Dr. Nelda Godfrey is a professor and Associate Dean for Innovations, Partnerships and Practice at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City, KS. A thought leader in nursing innovation and nursing education, Dr. Godfrey writes often on new care delivery models that can be influenced by a stronger emphasis on the nurse within – researching and developing strategies to create the whole person experience in nursing practice going forward. Dr. Godfrey’s expertise in curriculum development, ethics, and professional identity has helped to transform nursing education nationally and internationally. In addition, her work with the International Society for Professional Identity in Nursing is transforming the way nurses, health care professionals and society understand what it means to “think, act and feel like a nurse.” This work offers new language and new knowledge for the journey – helping nurses heal, flourish and expertly care for others.
Dr. Christina Phillips is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. Since 2008, Dr. Phillips has taught primarily in the undergraduate program with broad expertise in the classroom and clinical settings. Her faculty scholarship has focused on concept-based curriculum, teaching pharmacology for nursing, development of clinical judgment, and competency-based education. She is experienced in creation and implementation of concept-based curricula and competency-based curricula, and currently serves as the school’s AACN Essentials Champion. Dr. Phillips has been a faculty consultant for Nursing Education Solutions since August 2018, partnering with nursing schools to create and implement concept-based curricula and competency-based curricula, to provide professional development for faculty, and to support schools in creating culture change.
Lauren Roberts coordinates business operations for Nursing Education Solutions and provides day-to-day support for the staff and faculty of Innovations, Partnerships & Practice. She has more than 13 years of experience in higher education, including project management, marketing and public relations, social media management and event planning. She is also an accomplished writer with an extensive list of publications and awards.
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